BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Bisons general manager Mike Buczkowski says fans should notice a difference this summer, with AAA baseball installing new rules to speed up the pace of games.
Timers will be installed at Coca-Cola Field next week – one near the scoreboard, and two more facing the playing field – which will time everything from breaks between innings to the time between pitches.
For the month of April, violations will only result in a warning, but once May hits, players can be docked a ball or a strike.
“This isn’t the first sport to undergo this kind of change for the betterment of enjoyment of the fans and for better play. Yeah, I think there are some guys who are going to make an adjustment. Hopefully they will do it pretty quickly and we’ll get to see entertaining baseball,” said Buczkowski.
Overall, the goal is to keep the fans interested throughout a nine-inning game this summer.
“Later in the game a lot of times when we’re playing a 2-1 or 3-2 game, and in the 7th inning people are starting to leave the ballpark. Especially on the minor league side when we rely so much on kids and families coming to a game. A 2-1 baseball game should not take three hours,” said Buczkowski.
The Bisons open the season on Thursday, April 9th at 2:05pm against Rochester.